Management Science (MSC)

MSC 511
Economics I

This is the first of a two-semester sequence in advanced-level economics. It offers a rigorous treatment of modern microeconomics theory which includes consumer theory, theory of the firm, decision making under uncertainty, and game theory. The course examines various market settings such as competitive markets, oligopolies, and monopolies. Other topics considered include consumer preferences and production functions, choice under uncertainty, various measures of welfare and efficiency, equilibrium concepts, public goods, externalities, mechanism design, adverse selection, and moral hazard. Focus is on major topics of economic analysis and the tools used to study them. Some mathematics background, particularly calculus, is essential.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MSC 512
Statistics I

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the statistical approach of tackling research problems (random variables; transformations; popular distributions used in management science such as normal, Student T, Chi-square, and generalized lambda; sampling methods, parameter estimation, confidence intervals and joint confidence intervals; hypotheses testing, sample size and power, regression and correlation), and statistical modeling. It will focus on the mathematics of differential equations, stationary time series models, conditional heteroscedasticity, non-stationary time series, cointegration and non-linear models. Students will also learn techniques like maximum likelihood estimation, likelihood ratio tests, and generalized method of moments estimation. Students will be introduced to stochastic processes and applied probability, Bayesian statistics, computational inference, extreme value theory, survival analysis, design of control and cohort experimental studies, introduction to SAS statistical software, issues in data-screening/diagnostic testing, model specification and estimation issues and empirical analyses involving large databases.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MSC 513
Optimization I

This course introduces optimization techniques with a focus on linear and integer optimization problems. Topics include: the simplex method and its variants, interior point algorithms, duality and sensitivity analysis, integer linear programming, cutting plane method, branch and bound method, Lagrangian relaxation methods, model formulation with integer variables, large scale optimization, and network flow problems.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MSC 514
Economics II

This is the second course in the two course economics core sequence. It provides a basic introduction to game theory and explores its use in modern economics and business through examinations of classic and current papers. It covers the nature and existence of equilibrium in static and dynamic games, repeated games, and implications of asymmetric information including signaling, adverse selection and moral hazard and there application to modern business problems in finance, operation research and marketing. it also introduces students to models used in modern macroeconomics.

Prerequisite(s): [(MSC 511)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MSC 515
Statistics II

The course begins with the classical linear regression model and variations based upon non-linearity, non-normality, heteroscedasticity and autocorrelation. Limited dependent variable model will be introduced as well. The course includes a discussion of cross-section data, systems of regression equations, and panel data estimation. This course intends to integrate modern theories and empirical applications in a manner that many useful tools will be discussed to facilitate Ph.D. students' dissertation work. The course is heavily project oriented, and students will be expected to work with modern statistical packages such as Stata and with large datasets.

Prerequisite(s): [(MSC 512)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MSC 516
Optimization II

This course introduces dynamic programming and applications of dynamic programming to deterministic and stochastic decision problems. The course also introduces the theory and computation methods of nonlinear programming, convex analysis, and unconstrained methods; Kuhn-Tucker theory, saddle points and duality, quadratic linearly constrained and nonlinear constrained problems, and penalty and barrier methods.

Prerequisite(s): [(MSC 513)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MSC 611
Philosophy of Management

This course introduces doctoral students to the history and evolution of thinking in the management discipline. It focuses attention on theories of leadership and innovation, and showcase contributions of influential thought leaders in management. It also includes epistemological perspectives with substantial potential for enhancing business research. Finally, it will address fundamental approaches and criteria for successful theory development.

Prerequisite(s): [(MSC 511, MSC 512, MSC 513, MSC 514, MSC 515, and MSC 516)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MSC 612
Advanced Research Methods

This course is a required course for all PhD students at the Stuart School of Business. It offers a comprehensive overview of the General Linear Model at both univariate and multivariate research levels. The course will review measurement issues (reliability, types of validity), multiple regression analysis, ANOVA, MANOVA, step-down analysis, factor analysis, structural equation models (exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis), discriminant analysis, redundancy analysis, canonical correlation analysis, repeated measures analysis, categorical data analysis, contingent valuation method, conjoint analysis, cluster analysis, multidimensional scaling, correspondence analysis, choice models, and relatively new areas such as multi-level analysis, meta-analysis, data warehousing, data mining, and neural networks. Additionally, nonlinear models will also be discussed. Students will be introduced to SAS and other software packages.

Prerequisite(s): [(MSC 511, MSC 512, MSC 513, MSC 514, MSC 515, MSC 516, and MSC 611)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MSC 621
Corporate Finance

The primary objective of this course is to provide doctoral students an overview of introductory topics in corporate finance including capital structure, agency theory, corporate governance, payout policy, compensation, mergers and acquisitions, diversification, equity issuance, private equity, and financial intermediation. We will focus on both theories and empirics of financial economics in the area of corporate finance. Students should expect a rigorous course with substantial academic rather than applied content, and expect an intensive reading list. Another objective is to train students to read, understand, and present background papers in corporate finance and recognize the interesting/important problems in corporate finance in the "right" institutional structure.

Prerequisite(s): [(MSC 511)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MSC 622
Enterprise Risk Management

This course focuses on the two main silos of risk in the financial industry, namely, credit risk and operational risk. The course will also discuss asset and liability management, interest rate risk management, integration of credit risk and market risk, regulatory and compliance issues and performance measurement and capital management. The quantitative aspects of the course include: volatility and correlation modeling, Monte Carlo simulation, stress-testing scenarios analysis, and extreme and tail events modeling.

Prerequisite(s): [(MSC 512 and MSC 631)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MSC 623

The world of investments is changing rapidly as investment responsibilities and power move into the hands of individuals. This course discuss the properties of investment instruments, different investment theories, and the professional investors. Topics include the characteristics of various financial assets, the time series and cross sectional of returns, asset pricing theory and empirical methods, mutual funds and hedge funds. Moreover, there is a reading list of the most influential academic papers in the investment field, students are required to understand and follow the most advanced development in the investment field.

Prerequisite(s): [(MSC 601)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MSC 631
Theory of Finance I

This course is intended as an in depth review of the following areas of finance: (1) utility theory and expected utility valuation techniques; (2) the Markowitz portfolio problem and the CAPM model; (3) the APT theory and general linear arbitrage factor model; (4) single period consumption-based asset pricing models; (5) state preference theoretic approaches; (6) multi-period discrete time utility based models and associated mathematical techniques; (7) equilibrium and price bubbles in the preceding model (the "Lucas" model); (8) basic binomial derivative pricing; and (9) Ito's Lemma, Black-Scholes, and related models.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MSC 632
International Finance Theory

International Finance Theory.

Prerequisite(s): [(MSC 605 and MSC 631)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MSC 633
Theory of Finance II

This course is intended as an in depth review of the following areas of finance: (1) continuous time risk neutral pricing; (2) jump diffusion models; (3) continuous time utility optimization modeling (with dynamic programming); (4) consumption CAPM modeling; (5) non-time seperable utility modeling; and (6) behavioral finance.

Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MSC 651
Quantitative Marketing Models

This seminar will acquaint students with quantitative models used in marketing research literature. It will survey a variety of econometric models ranging from basic choice models to the latest structural models which have been used to analyze problems in the marketing domain. In summary, the course will provide an overview of the quantitative modeling field in marketing. The emphasis will be on understanding the estimation procedure employed to estimate these models.

Prerequisite(s): [(MSC 511, MSC 512, MSC 513, MSC 514, MSC 515, and MSC 516)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MSC 652
Supply Chain Analytics

This course focuses on modeling and analytical skills by introducing (1) an integrated view of the production and logistics functions in organizations by discussing models such as facility location, capacity allocation, warehousing, transportation, forecasting, inventory management, and risk-pooling models and (2) how firms interact with each other in a supply chain by discussing topics such as value of information, supply chain contracting and coordination, price-based and quantity-based revenue management. In addition to developing quantitative modeling skills, this course focuses on data analytics in the supply chain context and the interface of supply chain analytics and customer analytics. The course will help students (1) gain an understanding of various aspects, issues, and initiatives in contemporary supply chain practice and (2) develop their ability to conduct quantitative research in supply chain management using recent literature published in top tier journals.

Prerequisite(s): [(MSC 511, MSC 512, MSC 513, MSC 514, MSC 515, and MSC 516)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MSC 653
Current Topics in Marketing Analytics

The focus of this course would be to stay up-to-date with cutting edge academic research in the field of marketing analytics. Students would read and discuss current literature that develops and applies methods for optimizing digital marketing communications, evaluating the impact of digital marketing strategies, and performing market research through the analysis of secondary social media data. Students would need to be reasonably well-versed in a variety of analytics approaches coming in and capable of learning new methods that appear in the literature through self-study. The emphasis would be on critical discussion of cutting-edge marketing analytics techniques and application, self-study of methods and current digital platforms to keep pace with trends and breakthroughs in the field, and research idea generation.

Prerequisite(s): [(MSC 511, MSC 512, MSC 513, MSC 514, MSC 515, and MSC 516)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MSC 654
Social Network Analytics

This course focuses on the following: (1) analyzing social networks through statistical descriptors of networks (link analysis, centrality, and prestige), network clustering (modularity and community detection), dynamics of information and epidemics spreading (threshold and information cascade models), and network visualization algorithms (spring-like layouts, multidimensional scaling, Gephi). (2) applications of text and document analysis using natural language processing and part-of-speech tagging, sentiment analysis, and topic modeling. (3) assessing collective intelligence using recommender systems, collaborative filtering, and machine learning, in particular deep learning.

Prerequisite(s): [(MSC 511, MSC 512, MSC 513, MSC 514, MSC 515, and MSC 516)]
Lecture: 3 Lab: 0 Credits: 3
MSC 691
Research and Thesis PhD

Credit: Variable